© 27 May 2016 Revive Israel Ministries
Love for the Word
Growing up in a Christian family I attended church regularly and was familiar with Bible stories like David and Goliath, and Daniel in the lion's den. But it wasn't until I surrendered my life to Jesus (Yeshua) at age 21 that I realized I had not read most of the Bible on my own. I hadn't seen the relevance or importance of reading much of the Old Testament. After being baptized in the Holy Spirit I suddenly had a deep hunger to read and know all of God's word. I read the Bible cover to cover in five months. Reading about Daniel in the lion's den for the first time on my own (without the help of cartoons!) was exhilarating. At times I couldn't put the book down. Since that time I have committed time daily to meditate on God's word and have read from Genesis to Revelation numerous times.
Why is this significant? As our team interacts with believers and travels around the world to teach and preach Gods word, we are amazed by the level of Bible illiteracy among many believers today. More than once I have heard a pastor encourage his congregation to spend five minutes a day in God's word, because he knows that most are not even doing this.
An overwhelming theme spoken about concerning the end times is deception (Matt 24:4-5, 23-25; 2 Thess 2:7-12). Amos 8:11 tells us that in the end times there will be a global famine of hearing the words of the LORD--living in the “Information Age” seems to have made us too busy and too distracted to focus on His word daily, even though it is available to us in more varied forms (digital, audio, etc.) than our forefathers could have imagined. In addition, we are seeing the suppressing of the Bible in public life happening in many Western nations today. Many believers today are not cultivating a lifestyle of being regularly in God's word, and this will be one of the causes of many being deceived and falling away (2 Thess 2:3).
Of those who are reading, it is often more focused on gaining head knowledge instead of being mixed with loving dialogue with the Holy Spirit that leads to deeper intimacy. Or it is by random selection – reading whatever page they open up to that day - and not in a systematic way. Some read only the New Covenant which hinders one from seeing the profound connection and developing story line from Genesis to Revelation.
Share What You Love
We are living in a time where a love for God's word must be acquired and passed on to the next generation. If we don’t do this, we will be tossed to and fro by every wind of false doctrine. History is moving in one direction towards the return of Yeshua and the setting up of His kingdom. There is only one guidebook that will show us how to participate with the King and navigate through the days of tribulation and glory that are before us. May we recommit to being a people who know, love and obey the whole word of God.
3 Aspects of the Kingdom
In this message Ariel Blumenthal teaches from Acts 1 about the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit and the Restoration of Israel. To watch in English with Thai translation, click HERE!
Purpose, Power, People
In this message Asher Intrater teaches on the importance of understanding God's appointed times concerning His salvation plan. God doesn't exclude us from His plans, He involves us. To better know and align with God's plans, listen to this audio teaching in English – click HERE!
I Call You Friends
‘I no longer call you servants...Instead, I have called you friends…’ (John 15:15).
These words spoken by the Messiah to his disciples were uttered at the celebration of Passover in Jerusalem. The central memorial of that festival is the remembering of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, where a nation of slaves became a nation of free men and women. The long-standing Passover tradition is the singing of avadim hainu (‘we were slaves’) ‘but now we are free’. It is in that context that Yeshua spoke those revolutionary words in Hebrew, the word for ‘servants’ being avadim, the same word for slaves. Thus a closer translation would be, ‘No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.’
It is written of Abraham, the father of all Israel and of the faithful (as well as of Ishmael) ‘Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God’ (James 2:23). Thus the allusion of Yeshua’s pronouncement at the Passover was to that relationship that Abraham had with God as a friend, which his work and mission was to restore that personal relationship between men and God as it was with Abraham. They would no longer be slaves to sin and thus enemies of God, or slaves even to God, but would now become close friends with God- and to each other. That is the central message of the Gospel.
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